Today’s teenagers won’t accept merely being told information or the party line. They want to wrestle and explore—they want to be contributors and help develop their own set of beliefs. So rather than leave this process of exploration until their young adult years, a time when many of them will have left the church, what if we purposefully came alongside our teens and helped them explore and own their beliefs while they’re still teenagers? That’s what THINK is all about.
THINK, Volume 4: Relationships & Sexuality explores friendship, loving yourself, dating, marriage, sex, and gay, lesbian, and bi sexuality. THINK is different from other curriculums because the goal is not to teach teens the correct answers. Instead, the intention is to invite your youth into a discussion with Christ, the Bible, and other people (including their peers, leaders, and parents) that will result in the best sort of spiritual wrestling match.
We can’t continue to spoon-feed our youth the answers they “need” to survive college or be a good person. Instead, we have to make the shift toward helping them own biblically informed views and opinions and theology, especially in regard to their personal identities. THINK will deepen and personalize teens’ faith and give them the tools and resources they need to engage themselves and others from a biblical perspective.
THINK, Volume 4: Relationships & Sexuality includes:
- A detailed overview of how to use THINK, as well a short leader video to frame your thinking
- 6 lessons that each contain—
- A leader’s guide with a list of resources and Scripture passages you can use to prepare
- Sample emails to parents
- Social media blurbs to promote the identity questions with your teenagers
- Multiple options to start and end each lesson
- Thorough discussion guides with multiple questions and resources for each Scripture and subtopic
About Jake Kircher
Jake Kircher has been working in youth ministry for fourteen years as a pastor, writer, and speaker. He is the author of Teaching Teenagers in a Post-Christian World and coauthor of 99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry, and he currently serves as Next Generation Pastor at Grace Community Church in New Canaan, Connecticut. Jake is married to Melissa, and they have two kids: Sean and Nora.
Jake Kircher has done a masterful job of exposing the weakness of a teaching model that relies solely (or primarily) on the presentation of a series of beliefs that are to be taken at face value, rather than discussed, chewed on, and argued about. Jake offers us a better alternative in the THINK curriculum. Granted, the facilitator model of teaching is often more uncomfortable and definitely not as “neat and tidy” as a more traditional style. But, as those of us who’ve been in youth ministry for many decades can attest, teenagers who haven’t been challenged to think deeply about their personal beliefs and struggle with them on some rational level probably won’t hold on to them very tightly—or for very long. THINK will help them do both!
Mark Orr | @reach_youthne
Founder and Executive Director, REACH Youth New England
THINK is a much-needed resource for working with today’s teens. It gives youth leaders direction in discussing some of the hard questions our students ask, and how to do it in a way that gets them thinking about their faith and why they believe what they believe. Teenagers are grappling to know how to live for Christ when some issues seem hard to discuss. THINK provides ideas for how to show teens what God says in his Word about these tough topics, while providing the space they need to hear him for themselves.
Leneita Fix | @leneitafix
Co-Founder, FrontLine Urban Resources
Coauthor of Urban LIVE Curriculum (Simply Youth Ministry)
A major goal of youth ministry in today’s world is not to spoon feed students what to think, but to teach them how to think. That is exactly what this series is doing. THINK is chalk full of vital topics and issues that students care about and need to think through. Buy this book, heck, buy the whole series—you and your students won’t regret it!
Brock Morgan | @brockmorgan
Author of Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World